Reporting and Testimony

Results of forensic analyses have a wide audience: law enforcement officers, lawyers, judges, juries, and victims. Significant variability exists as to the scope, contents, and disclosure of forensic science reports and the accompanying standards and terminology used by the author-experts to describe their results and conclusions in their reports and in their testimony. The Reporting and Testimony Subcommittee will consider ways to address current inconsistencies and insufficiencies and to enhance adequacy, accuracy, and uniformity in such reports and testimony, as well as in the underlying documentation and processes.

Reporting and Testimony Subcommittee Members

Work Products Archive

Documentation, Case Record and Report Contents

Initial Draft Viewson Documentation, Case Record and Report Contents (Introduced at NCFS Meeting #10 – June 20-21, 2016)

Views on Documentation, Case Record and Report Contents (Adopted at NCFS Meeting #8- December 7-8, 2015)

Initial Draft Recommendation on Documentation, Case Record and Report Contents (Introduced at NCFS Meeting #10 – June 20-21, 2016)

Initial Draft Views on Report and Case Record Contents (Introduced at NCFS Meeting #10 – June 20-21, 2016)

Adjudication Summary for Recommendation on Documentation, Case Record and Report Contents

Final Draft Recommendation on Documentation, Case Record and Report Contents

Recommendation on Documentation, Case Record and Report Contents (Adopted at NCFS Meeting #11 - September 13, 2016)

Adjudication Summary for Views on Report and Case Record Contents

Final Draft Views on Report and Case Record Contents

Expert Testimony

Initial Draft Policy Recommendation on Expert Testimony Released for Public Comment (Introduced at NCFS Meeting #4 – October 28-29, 2014)

Adjudication Summary for Recommendation on Testimony Using the Term, “Scientific Certainty”

Final Draft Views on Testimony Using the Term, “Scientific Certainty” as Submitted for a Vote

Discovery

Initial Draft Policy Recommendation on Discovery Released for Public Comment (Introduced at NCFS Meeting #4 – October 28-29, 2014)

Adjudication Summary for Recommendation on Pretrial Discovery of Forensic Materials

Final Draft Views on Pretrial Discovery of Forensic Materials as Submitted for a Vote

Views on Pretrial Discovery of Forensic Materials (Adopted at NCFS Meeting #7 - August 10-11, 2015)

Inconsistent Terminology

Initial Draft Views on Inconsistent Terminology Released for Public Comment (Introduced at NCFS Meeting #5 – January 29-30, 2015)

Adjudication Summary for Views on Inconsistent Terminology

Final Draft Views on Inconsistent Terminology

Views on Inconsistent Terminology (Adopted at NCFS Meeting #6 - April 30-May 1, 2015)

Report Content

Initial Draft Views on Report Content  (Introduced at NCFS Meeting #7 – August 10-11, 2015)

Adjudication Summary for Views on Report Content

Final Draft Views on Report Content

Reasonable Degree of Scientific Certainty

Initial Draft Recommendations on the Use of the Term “Reasonable Scientific Certainty” (Introduced January 2016 between NCFS Meeting #8 and #9)

Final Draft Recommendation on the Use of the Term Reasonable Scientific Certainty

Adjudication Summary for Recommendation on the Use of the Term “Reasonable Scientific Certainty”

Recommendation on the Use of the Term “Reasonable Scientific Certainty” (Adopted at NCFS Meeting #9 - March 21-22, 2016)

Initial Draft Views on using the term “Reasonable Degree of Scientific Certainty” (Introduced at NCFS Meeting #8 – December 7-8, 2015)

Final Draft Views on the Use of the Term “Reasonable Scientific Certainty”

Adjudication Summary for Views on the Use of the Term “Reasonable Scientific Certainty”

Views on the Use of the Term “Reasonable Scientific Certainty” (Adopted at NCFS Meeting #9 - March 21-22, 2016)

Pretrial Discovery

Initial Draft Recommendations on Pretrial Discovery (Introduced at NCFS Meeting #9 – March 21-22, 2016)

Adjudication Summary for Recommendation on Pretrial Discovery

Final Draft Recommendation on Pretrial Discovery

Recommendation on Pretrial Discovery (Adopted at NCFS Meeting #10 - June 20-21, 2016)

Judicial Vouching

Initial Draft Views on Judicial Vouching (Introduced at NCFS Meeting #9 – March 21-22, 2016)

Adjudication Summary for Views on Judicial Vouching  

Final Draft Views on Judicial Vouching

Views on Judicial Vouching (Adopted at NCFS Meeting #10 - June 20-21, 2016)

Notice and Demand Provisions

Initial Draft Viewson Notice and Demand Provisions (Introduced at NCFS Meeting #9 – March 21-22, 2016)

Adjudication Summary for Views on Notice and Demand Provisions

Final Draft Views on Notice and Demand Provisions

Views on Notice and Demand Provisions (Adopted at NCFS Meeting #10 - June 20-21, 2016)

Statistical Statements

Initial Draft Views on Statistical Statements in Forensic Testimony (Introduced at NCFS Meeting #11 - September 12-13, 2016)

Initial Draft Views on Statisitcal Statements in Forensic Testimony (version 2) (Introduced at NCFS Meeting #12 - January 9-10, 2017)

 

Updated December 22, 2016